In 2003-04 Wellington won the New Zealand first-class competition. Since then they had not tasted victory in any domestic competition until today, a full decade on. Franklin and Ronchi used their experience to take their side home although Franklin almost threw it away with his dismissal towards the end, but in the end a spirited effort by Northern Districts to defend their total was let down by their fielding, including a crucial drop of Franklin when he was on 8.

Some quotes from the post-match presentation. Northern Districts captain Daniel Flynn: "Obviously disappointing, we managed to win a few of those during the Twenty20s so we backed ourselves to win. Couple of guys got in and got starts but didn't kick on as well as we would have liked, but that happens and we believed the total was one we could defend and we almost did."

Victorious Wellington captain James Franklin: "I was a little bit angry with myself for getting out in that situation but thankfully Ronchi got us home. 230 was still par and was going to take a few guys to make scores and that's what happened. Some grounds have been low-scoring, but it's been entertaining and good to develop different skills as batsmen and spinners. Hopefully we can now start to get some more silverware back to Wellington!"

The celebrations will begin for Wellington now but that concludes our coverage of the New Zealand cricket season, we hope you've enjoyed the tours by the West Indies and India as well as the finals of the Twenty20 and one-day competitions. On behalf of everyone this is Avi Singh signing off and wishing you well. Cheers!

49.2
4
Kuggeleijn to Ronchi, FOUR runs, another full toss is flicked behind backward square to the boundary and Wellington have secured their first domestic title in a decade!
49.1
4
Kuggeleijn to Ronchi, FOUR runs, awful delivery to start, full toss which was possibly over waist height but wasn't penalised, Ronchi slammed it out to deep backward square where Trent Boult was partially unsighted and dived to cover the ball spinning away from him but couldn't cut it off

END OF OVER:
49 | 7 Runs | WELL: 225/6 (8 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.59, RRR: 8.00)

  • LJ Woodcock2 (4b)
  • L Ronchi33 (30b)
  • AP Devcich5-0-24-0
  • JJ Boult4-0-18-1

After an international summit it is decided that Kuggeleijn will bowl the final over

48.6
0
Devcich to Woodcock, no run, clean bowled! He went for the big heave and saw off stump knocked back, but the free hit means there is no change to the status quo. Eight required from the final over as this final has gone down to its final six deliveries
48.6
2nb
Devcich to Ronchi, (no ball) 1 run, Ronchi tucks it off the pads and rushes home to beat midwicket but Devcich has overstepped! Free hit coming up
48.5
0
Devcich to Ronchi, no run, forward and can't get it past the bowler
48.4
0
Devcich to Ronchi, no run, worked to the left of mid-on who dives brilliantly to cut it off
48.3
4
Devcich to Ronchi, FOUR runs, poor ball at this late stage, waist high full toss on off which Ronchi slams through the covers and with no protection in the deep that was always a boundary
48.2
1
Devcich to Woodcock, 1 run, worked off the pads out into the cow corner region and the fielder is quickly to the ball to prevent a second
48.1
0
Devcich to Woodcock, no run, full toss on leg and Woodcock contrives to bunt it back to the bowler

END OF OVER:
48 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | WELL: 218/6 (15 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.54, RRR: 7.50)

  • LJ Woodcock1 (1b)
  • L Ronchi28 (26b)
  • JJ Boult4-0-18-1
  • AP Devcich4-0-17-0
47.6
1
Boult to Woodcock, 1 run, goes back and eases it into the covers
47.5
1
Boult to Ronchi, 1 run, full toss outside off and drilled down to long-off
47.4
W
Boult to Franklin, OUT, what has Franklin done? Gives Northern Districts a glimmer of hope as he advances down and bizarrely looks to loft it over the long-off boundary, but picks out the fielder ten metres off the rope
47.3
1
Boult to Ronchi, 1 run, punches a full ball on off down to long-off
47.2
0
Boult to Ronchi, no run, props forward on off and defends
47.1
1
Boult to Franklin, 1 run, dabbed into the off side

END OF OVER:
47 | 7 Runs | WELL: 214/5 (19 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.55, RRR: 6.33)

  • L Ronchi26 (23b)
  • JEC Franklin74 (85b)
  • AP Devcich4-0-17-0
  • TA Boult9-0-53-1
46.6
0
Devcich to Ronchi, no run, Devcich is fortunate to escape with a loose ball down leg and Ronchi swept it hard but picked out fine leg, either side of him and it was a boundary for sure
46.5
1
Devcich to Franklin, 1 run, worked off the pads to cow corner
46.4
3
Devcich to Ronchi, 3 runs, another full toss on leg which is well worked off the pads out to deep midwicket where the fielder gives a committed chase to cut it off inches from the rope
46.3
1
Devcich to Franklin, 1 run, wristily works it from outside off down to long-on
46.2
1
Devcich to Ronchi, 1 run, full toss which is worked down to long-on
46.1
1
Devcich to Franklin, 1 run, worked off the pads to deep midwicket

END OF OVER:
46 | 17 Runs | WELL: 207/5 (26 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.50, RRR: 6.50)

  • L Ronchi22 (20b)
  • JEC Franklin71 (82b)
  • TA Boult9-0-53-1
  • AP Devcich3-0-10-0
45.6
4
Boult to Ronchi, FOUR runs, lofts straight down the ground past mid-off and long-on cannot cut it off as the game has shifted Wellington's way after this over
45.5
4
Boult to Ronchi, FOUR runs, walks across and clips it off the pads backward of square to the fence as Wellington emphatically make their move
45.4
1
Boult to Franklin, 1 run, full toss is drilled down the ground to long-off

Wellington 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st29MHW PappsMA Pollard
2nd44SJ MurdochMA Pollard
3rd27JEC FranklinMA Pollard
4th24JEC FranklinTA Blundell
5th42GD ElliottJEC Franklin
6th50JEC FranklinL Ronchi
7th17L RonchiLJ Woodcock